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Restoration - The Wordsmith's Forge
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A sacred pipe has been restored to its tribe.  Aho!

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elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: June 4th, 2018 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's very good news, but "aho!" is an expression to immediately lose: it doesn't mean what you think it means.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2018 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

The meaning depends on the language:

A: In many Plains Indian languages, "aho" (and other variants like "ho" and "hau") are greetings, like "hello." In some tribes they are also used to indicate agreement (like "yes" or "indeed.")
-- Native Languages

あほ aho Fool! Idiot! Moron!
-- Japanese Insults

The widespread intertribal use is an expression of agreement, and most of the times when a native person is forwarding good news or activist opportunities, "aho" will be in there somewhere. It's all over the Native American activist feeds, both by native speakers and allies. Same with powwows, you hear it around. So that's the way I tend to use it.

Within a specific language, check to see if it means "hello," "yes," or something else.
elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: June 4th, 2018 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

Sorry, no. What it means is "Clueless white New Ager knows nothing about actual Native people."

You will never, and I mean seriously never, hear any First Nations person say "Aho!". If you should ever find yourself associating with First Nations people - from any tribe - I would bet cashy money that you wouldn't say it in front of them more than once.

EDIT: Note that black people sometimes call each other the N-word, but not when they're speaking to white people. The fact that some First Nations folk say "aho!" to each other doesn't mean they'd say it to a white person, and it definitely doesn't make it okay for white people to say.

Edited at 2018-06-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
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